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Tilt-down conveyor increases flexibility and convenience

| By Gerald Ondrey

The new mobile, tilt-down flexible-screw conveyor (photo) fits restrictive processing situations. Positioning of the support boom against, and parallel to, the conveyor tube minimizes the height needed to maneuver the system under doorways and mezzanines, and to fit the conveyor’s discharge between process equipment inlets and overhead obstructions. A low center of gravity maximizes stability during operation and when rolling the unit between multiple processing tasks and washdown stations. When fully lowered, the tilt-down mechanism positions the clean-out cap of the conveyor tube higher off the plant floor, and the conveyor’s discharge closer to the floor, allowing removal and re-insertion of the flexible screw from standing height during cleaning and inspection. The screw is the only moving part contacting material, and is driven beyond the discharge point, preventing material contact with bearings or seals. It self-centers as it rotates, providing ample clearance between itself and the tube wall to eliminate or minimize grinding, while creating a gentle rolling action that prevents segregation of the most disparate blends. — Flexicon Corp., Bethlehem, Pa.